Stationary Bikes

by Terry

Stationary bikes — or exercise bikes — are a form of exercise equipment that simulate the activity of riding a bicycle indoors or in a stationary environment. Essentially, these devices are exercise machines of special purpose, featuring the act of bicycling without the motion. The special purpose can be exercise for physical fitness or physical therapy.

Occasionally you’ll find stationary bikes that use your regular street bike. These stationary bike stands feature real bikes placed on trainers or rollers. If you watch professional cycling, you’ll often see cyclists utilizing trainers and rollers to warm up for cycling races.

Stationary Bike Training
Types of Stationary Bikes
Recumbent Bikes
Stationary Stands
Mini Exercise Bikes
Why You Should Start Riding Stationary Bikes

Stationary Bike Training

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Stationary Bikes

Stationary Bikes

One of the great benefits of using stationary bicycles is that they allow you to get a safe, low impact cardiovascular workout with ease and comfort. With a stationary bicycle, a person can strengthen his or her heart while burning fat and toning the muscles in the glutes, legs and abdominal area.

People use stationary bikes to increase overall fitness, reach for specific exercise goals and to train for competitive cycling. In addition, stationary bikes have long been used in physical therapy for the safe and low impact exercise they provide. With stationary bikes, you minimize stress to joints and injured limbs and you obtain a smooth, fluid and constant motion without the jolts sometimes possible on other exercise equipment.

Of course, one of the most common uses of the stationary bike is weight loss. A rigorous 60 minute ride can burn hundreds of calories, and that ride can be experience indoors away from the weather and while you enjoy your favorite book or watch television.

Types of Stationary Bikes

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Almost all stationary bikes include functionality to provide varying resistance during your pedaling. Different methods for providing this resistance include fans (air resistance), magnets (magnetic resistance) and friction devices including fluid resistance. Increasing the resistance can increase the intensity and muscle workout of your stationary biking session. Some modern models even include backwards pedaling to exercise the opposing muscles you use from pedaling forward.

I encourage you to try different resistance types before you make your stationary bike investment as it will largely come down to personal preference.

Typical stationary bikes now include mini exercise bikes (or peddlers), upright stationary bikes and recumbent stationary bikes.

Recumbent Stationary Bikes

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These stationary bikes, sometimes considered the opposite of upright stationary bikes, have become remarkably popular in recent years. Recumbent exercise bikes place the saddle closer to the ground and more behind then above the wheel. The result is a position similar to lounging backwards and extending your legs in front of you.

Since some individuals may experience discomfort from sitting on an upright stationary bike seat for long periods of time, recumbent stationary bikes provide a comfortable alternative so that a broader spectrum of the population can reap the benefits of stationary bike exercise.

Problems which may lead people to require a recumbent stationary bike include back problems, prostate problems and hemorrhoids.

Additionally, the position of the seat often affords stationary bikes greater flexibility in saddles style. Thus you will often see comfortable bucket seats used for stationary bikes.

Stationary Bike Stand

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A stationary bike stand is an excellent way to transform your traditional bicycle into an indoor, all-weather exercise machine. Stationary bike stands come in two basic forms, stationary bike trainers or stationary bike rollers.

You’ll find that a majority of the fluid trainers will remain quite silent. My personal preference is a Blackburn Trakstand Ultra. Some other indoor trainers can make a distracting noise. The only noise on this stationary bike stand is a result of basic tire noise, which you can minimize with a yellow trainer tire from Continental.

I have some tips for you if you go this route. First of all, if your bicycle features a rear quick release, be certain to get a stainless steel skewer for better supporting your bicycle’s weight. I also encourage you to setup some kind of fan to produce air movement. This not only feels good while you exercise, but it keeps your core biology from feeling confused at the lack of movement.

And last but not least, I strongly suggest some kind of sweat shield for your stationary bike setup. You’ll notice that manufactured stationary bikes keep their parts insulated from your sweat, usually from some kind of basic plastic enclosure. Perspiring indoors on your bike will corrode both your bicycle’s core components as well as the frame.

So protect that bike and appreciate that the frame and cycle aren’t used to being used in such a stationary bike stand, so adapt it appropriately.

Mini Exercise Bikes

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Because the action of a bicycle can be so health for many individuals recuperating from surgery or other physical ailments, the mini stationary bike has become more and more commonplace, especially in physical therapy facilities and hospitals.

The mini exercise bike basically isolates the pedaling motion without providing the seat and handlebars. It provides a workout while seated at table, on a couch or other common contexts. Some peddlers are even intended to be placed on a tabletop and used by hands.

There are also portable bikes, which are essentially a compact version of an upright exercise bike. Many of these models fold for easy storage.

Why You Should Start Riding Stationary Bikes

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As you can see, there are all kinds of stationary bikes to fulfill all kinds of body types and physical predicaments. To fully appreciate the value of stationary bikes, you need to appreciate the importance of regular exercise and how challenging it often is for people to obtain that exercise in their contemporary lives.

Stationary bike training may reduce risk of heart disease, contribute to reducing high blood pressure, strengthen bones and muscles to curb osteoporosis, and helps fend off diabetes and obesity by helping you keep your weight down and your metabolism up.

In addition, unlike some other more rigorous exercise regiments, stationary bikes help you keep your ligaments, joints and tendons flexible without incurring the wear and tear of impact. This helps you keep your mobility and reduces fitness fatigue.

And of course, there are all the benefits of general exercise, including improving mental health while curbing depression, relieving anxiety and stress and improving your overall endurance and energy.

And did you know that regular exercise actually helps people sleep better?

So don’t give yourself the excuses of bad weather or a commute to your local gym; place a comfortable and durable stationary bike in your home and get your exercise while you read, enjoy music, watch the news or watch your favorite television shows. If you think a quality exercise bike will cost more than you can afford consider looking at used stationary bikes.

I hope this helps you appreciate how and why stationary bikes will make an excellent contribution to your quality of life and longevity. Thank you for visiting the Stationary Bikes Guide. Please return soon as I will be reviewing popular brands like the Schwinn Stationary Bike and the Proform Stationary Bike.

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Schwinn Airdyne Stationary Bike

While researching stationary bikes you will likely run across the Schwinn Airdyne stationary bike. The Airdyne has been around for a long time, and there is a good reason for that. It is a distinctly different type of exercise bike that is perfect for some, but not as ideal for others.

Schwinn Airdyne exercise bikes are different than other stationary bikes in two specific ways. First they use a wind resistance system instead of mechanical resistance. Second, the handlebars are connected to the pedals and the fan so they move back and forth as you are riding providing, an upper body workout as well. […]

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Used Stationary Bikes

Stationary bikes are one of the most cost effective pieces of exercise equipment available today and buying used stationary bikes\ provides an even more affordable way to get home exercise equipment, if you know what to look for and what to avoid.

Part of the reason they are so cost effective is that many models are built to last and when found used they are able to be purchased at a deeply discounted rate. In this guide we’ll give you some pointers to help you find used bikes that are in good condition instead of finding one that could double as scrap metal. […]

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Schwinn Recumbent Bikes

If you’re looking for a recumbent stationary bike, a Schwinn should be considered. The Schwinn Bicycle Company has been around since 1895 and during the twentieth century the name Schwinn became synonymous with bicycles. It is a safe bet that Schwinn has evolved to understand a thing or two about bikes during their decades of successful operation.

Schwinn Recumbent Bikes feature a laid-back and comfortable style of seating. You lean backwards into a comfortable bucket seat so your effort goes into your workout, not into your comfort. You may dispel your stereotype of uncomfortable bicycle seats once you’ve placed your behind in a Schwinn recumbent bike seat. They have even named and patented their bike seat, calling it the Bio-Fit Comfort Seat. […]

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Recumbent Stationary Bike

Recumbent stationary bikes have become far more common and sought after in recent years. To understand how a recumbent stationary bike might benefit you, it might first help to understand why it is called a recumbent bike (sometimes simply referred to as recumbents).

With a recumbent stationary bike, you sit further back and lower to the ground. Typically stationary recumbent exercise bikes will feature a larger, more comfortable bucket seat than a traditional upright stationary bike. They are in fact, the most comfortable of indoor exercise bikes. […]

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Indoor Bike Trainer

How is an indoor bike trainer great for year-round fitness? Imagine this: winter has arrived and has you thinking that your old friend the bicycle will have to hit the garage for winter hibernation. You may be concerned with backsliding all the progress you’ve made this summer and you want a way to ride your bike in the winter — but without the potential of slipping on slick roads or dealing with the freezing temperatures. What you need is an indoor bike trainer.

Indoor bike trainers allow you to place your bike in a stationary position while providing resistance for you to work the pedals, thereby allowing you to ride your bike with the same type of resistance that you would have if were you to take it out to the streets for a ride. Sometimes people see them as stationary bikes where you provide the bicycle. […]

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